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My kitten wont eat much, but he seems fine?

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July 16, 2019 / By Baptist
Question: My kitten is barely two months old and he is very playful, and active, but he doesnt eat much, he is sort of skinny, im worried that he might get sick, also i dont have enough money to take him to the vet. I feed him "meow mix", its too hard for him to chew, so i put a little bit of water so it sogs up. I also feed him canned food, "Fancy feast", and "whikies", but i dont want him to get used to eating just canned food. He seems to eat more from canned food. What should i do???
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Yannic Yannic | 3 days ago
I agree with the above poster, roncj88. You seem to be doing everything okay, and your kitty may just have worms. Feeding a young kitty canned food is okay, but I also like to supplement their diet with a milk replacer for the first few months. I know you said you're on a limited budget, but they have this in stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. Although it is a bit expensive (around $9), it makes a lot of 'formula'. What I did is make it daily, and just take about a 1/2 teaspoon and add it to warm tap water (not hot, not cold, room temperature) and feed it. It's high in protein and calories, same as they'd get from momma. In my experience too, it seems well tolerated - I've not seen it constipate or cause diarrhea in my kitties. But like anything new, introduce it slowly. I wouldn't worry too much about feeding the canned food to your kitten either - as long as he tolerates it okay, while they're young they need all the protein, calories, and vitamins they can get. You can always "wean" him off the canned stuff once he's older (say 8 months to a year?). When you change though, make sure it's gradual - mix a small amount of the dry food in with his canned food. Little kitties have a hard time eating the dry food until they are older (that's one reason to feed the soft foods)... not only because of their teeth, but their digestive systems too as dry food (the cheaper brands especially) typically has lots of non-meat/protein additives (wheat, corn, vegetables, etc.). Plus, some kitties/cats are allergic to some of the additives in the dry foods and won't do well, FYI. Check with your local shelters, in some areas they have vet services for low-income people or those who are on tight budgets. You might even check with your local vet(s), too, some are really understanding of others' financial situations and if they can't offer reduced rates, may offer payments. Best of luck!
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Yannic Originally Answered: My kitten wont eat much, but he seems fine?
I agree with the above poster, roncj88. You seem to be doing everything okay, and your kitty may just have worms. Feeding a young kitty canned food is okay, but I also like to supplement their diet with a milk replacer for the first few months. I know you said you're on a limited budget, but they have this in stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. Although it is a bit expensive (around $9), it makes a lot of 'formula'. What I did is make it daily, and just take about a 1/2 teaspoon and add it to warm tap water (not hot, not cold, room temperature) and feed it. It's high in protein and calories, same as they'd get from momma. In my experience too, it seems well tolerated - I've not seen it constipate or cause diarrhea in my kitties. But like anything new, introduce it slowly. I wouldn't worry too much about feeding the canned food to your kitten either - as long as he tolerates it okay, while they're young they need all the protein, calories, and vitamins they can get. You can always "wean" him off the canned stuff once he's older (say 8 months to a year?). When you change though, make sure it's gradual - mix a small amount of the dry food in with his canned food. Little kitties have a hard time eating the dry food until they are older (that's one reason to feed the soft foods)... not only because of their teeth, but their digestive systems too as dry food (the cheaper brands especially) typically has lots of non-meat/protein additives (wheat, corn, vegetables, etc.). Plus, some kitties/cats are allergic to some of the additives in the dry foods and won't do well, FYI. Check with your local shelters, in some areas they have vet services for low-income people or those who are on tight budgets. You might even check with your local vet(s), too, some are really understanding of others' financial situations and if they can't offer reduced rates, may offer payments. Best of luck!

Shayne Shayne
Firstly the food that you mentioned all seem to be adult formulas which have morsels that are fairly big for an 8 week old kitten. Remember his teeth are brand new. there is nothing wrong with some canned food. But kitten formula is best at this age. moisten the dry food with a tablespoon or so of canned food with water mixed in it and the put the dry food in and mix. At this age the kit should be able to finish about 1/8cup (coffee or kool aid scoop) of this mixture at a time. and this should be offered 3 or even 4 times a day if he will eat that much, for the next few weeks. He's small and so is his tummy. As he grows you should be able to decrease the frequency that you feed him but increase the volume until you feed twice a day and approx. 1/2 - 2/3 cup per feeding.by the time he is 8-10 months.you can also decrease the canned food if you wish by this age or just offer some as a treat a few times a week.
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Patsy Patsy
yep that's a good ansr but i'd let him eat what he wants - but, at least in the states, i'd stay away from pills - he's too young, and what they sell here over the counter is basically useless if not harmful - they don't want to get sued if your cat gets sick, so they don't put enough stuff in to kill the worms, and besides, your kitten is too young. . save up a bit by bit so you can take him to the vet as soon as you can, but mostly just love him and play with him and be sure he has clean food, clean water, and clean litter ps. they usually don't like "stale" food so just put down a little bit but very often. . .good luck!
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Margo Margo
im sorry but if you cant affored vet bills you shouldnt own an animal incase he really does get ill and needs help cos if you dont pay for his treatment you can get a fine or a prison sentance stated in the animal welfare act 2006 you need to pay the tratment and give them the 5 fredoms of whitch one of them is freedom from pain injury and disease. you might want to change his food to sometihng else maybe he doesnt like it to much try whiskers or go cat they look the stuff, all cats love meat or then biskets, just try and find somthing he likes hope this helps
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Kizzie Kizzie
your cat could have worms or it might not my cat is the same although she is older. she never ate alot really. shes really skinny but perfectly healthy. give your kitten canned food untill it can chew the dry. souldnt be long and when he can eat the dry give him that instead of canned for a couple of days. and you can rotate between canned and dry when you like then. good luck xxx
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